Gregory Babbitt

Assistant Professor

Contact Information

OfficeGOS 1334
Phone(585) 475-6246

B.A. in Zoology (Ohio Wesleyan University)
M.S. in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation (University of Florida)
Ph.D. in Biology (University of Florida)
postdoc - Evolutionary Functional Genomics unit at The Biodesign Institute (Arizona State University)
I initially trained as an evolutionary ecologist with a focus on functional morphology in avian and insect systems.  During my post-doc, I transitioned to the field of molecular evolution.  I also have over 10 years of experience as an aviculturist and zookeeper at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Columbus, Ohio (working large cats, hoofstock and birds) and conducting reproductive research on captive birds at Disney's Discovery Island birdpark in Orlando, Florida.  

Job Responsibilities

Cell and Molecular Biology for Engineers I and II
Computational Genomics

Research Interests

Babbitt Lab - Computational Molecular Evolution and Ecology at RIT 
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Selected Publications

Link to my publications list on PubMed 

Publications not listed at PubMed

Ryen E. Babbitt C.W. Tyler A.C. Babbitt G.A. 2013.  Community Ecology Perspectives on the Structural and Functional Evolution of Consumer Electronics. JOURNAL OF INDUSTRIAL ECOLOGY. 25 APR 2014, DOI: 10.1111/jiec.12130
Trotta V. Cavicchi S.  Guerra D. Andersen D.H. Babbitt G.A.Kristensen T.N. Pedersen K.S. Loeschcke V. Pertoldi C. 2011.  Allometric and non-allometric consequences of inbreeding on Drosophila melanogaster wings. BIOLOGICAL JOURNAL OF THE LINNEAN SOCIETY 102:626-634.
Babbitt G.A. 2011. Chromatin Evolving. Despite our long familiarity with the chromosome, much about its function and evolution remains a mystery.  AMERICAN SCIENTIST 99(1): 48-55.  (Cover Feature Article) reprinted in INVESTIGACION Y CIENCIA (Spanish language edition of SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN)
Babbitt G.A. and Frederick P.C. 2007.  Selection for bill dimorphism in ibises: an evaluation of hypotheses.  WATERBIRDS.  30: 199-206.
Babbitt G.A. 1996. The effect of collection size on reproduction in captive Caribbean flamingos: direct stimulation, social facilitation or random chance?  Proceedings of the AZA Western Regional Conference, Denver, CO.
Babbitt G.A. 1995.  Seasonality and captive management of the Marabou Stork. Proceedings of the American Zoo and Aquarium Association Great Lakes Regional Conference, Louisville, KY. 
Burtt E.H., Chow W., and Babbitt G.A. 1991.The occurrence and demography of mites in Tree Swallow, House Wren and Eastern Bluebird nests.In Bird-Parasite Interactions, J.E. Loye and M. Zuk, Eds.  Oxford Ornithology Series, Oxford University Press.